Marshall Faulk and Mike Haynes along with Many NFL Greats Back Pro Player Health Alliance on Spreading Sleep Apnea Awareness with an Event at Scripps Memorial Hospital

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Pro Player Health Alliance and Dr. Bradley Eli prepare for upcoming free public Sleep Apnea Awareness event at Scripps Memorial Hospital in La Jolla, CA.

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Mike Haynes, HOF CB for Raiders

Pro Player Health Alliance is preparing for the next Sleep Apnea Awareness event which will be held in California May 21 at Scripps Memorial Hospital. Part of the "Tackle Sleep Apnea” campaign is traveling across the country to promote sleep apnea awareness. David Gergen, President of Pro Player Health Alliance, took a bold risk by hosting events across the nation and partnering with NFL greats to attract an audience. Many people are unaware that they need to seek treatment as it has become customary for individuals to feel tired throughout the entire day. This is due to the stress put on the body from not being able to breathe for up to 10-15 times per hour while asleep.

According to the National Commission on Sleep Disorders Research, about 38,000 deaths occur in the US on an annual basis that are related to Sleep Apnea making it the “Silent Killer.” Former San Diego Chargers player and Pro Player Health Alliance member Mark Walczak, “My mission is to spread public awareness. I want to get all current and former NFL players screened for this condition…"

The public awareness event at Scripps Schaetzel Center will be hosted by one of the country’s most experienced and well-known doctors, Dr. Bradley Eli. While most sleep doctors specialize in one therapeutic approach, Dr. Eli has developed a sleep management system that puts the patient’s needs, rather than the doctor’s specialty, at the forefront. Dr. Eli and his patients discuss a variety of sleep treatment options to help assure each patient is matched to the most effective therapy. This initial approach combined with a quality management plan allows Dr. Eli to achieve a significantly higher rate of treatment compliance among his sleep patients, thereby reducing their risk of stroke, heart attack, and other sleep-related risks. Dr. Eli "strives to succeed in achieving 100% compliance" among his patients.

By providing all solutions to sufferers of sleep apnea that are available on the market, Dr. Eli will find a way to treat any patient even if it means trying every nonsurgical treatment on the market. Dr. Eli says, “We want 2013 to be the year we raise awareness of sleep disorder breathing to the community of women and men.” Attendees will see the likes of Lincoln Kennedy, Roy Green, Mike Haynes, Jesse Sapolu and Mark Walczak with many other NFL greats as well. Registration for this event can be found at

Event Details

Date: May 21, 2013
Time: 7:00 PM
Location: Scripps Schaetzel Center, 9890 Genesse Ave La Jolla, CA

About David Gergen

David Gergen, CDT and President of Pro Player Health Alliance, has been a nationally respected dental lab technician for over 25 years. He received the award for “The Finest Orthodontic Technician in the Country” given by Columbus Dental in 1986. He also has been appointed chair of the dental wing of the American Sleep and Breathing Academy a national interdisciplinary academy dedicated to sleep training and education with over 60,000 members. David rolled out of bed on September 12, 1981 and had his career “ah ha” moment. He knew he was going to be an orthodontic technician and he knew he was going to help people all over the country to help treat their sleep disorders in partnership with their dentists. He has worked for some of the pioneers in the orthodontic and sleep dentistry fields. He was the personal technician for the likes of Dr. Robert Ricketts, Dr. Ronald Roth, Dr. A. Paul Serrano, Dr. Clark Jones, Dr. Harold Gelb, Dr. Joseph R. Cohen, Dr. Rodney Willey, Dr. Allan Bernstein, and Dr. Thien Pham. One of his proudest achievements is receiving The National Leadership award for Arizona Small Businesses.

About Dr. Bradley Eli

Dr. Eli earned a post-doctoral Master’s Degree at UCLA where he received advanced training in sleep disorders. He remains the only expert with this unique skill set in the San Diego region. Dr. Eli is on the hospital staff at Scripps Memorial Hospital La Jolla and UCSD. He is a member of numerous professional associations including the American Academy of Sleep Medicine and the American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine. He holds multiple patents in the fields of both sleep and pain.

About Pro Player Health Alliance

The Pro Players Health Alliance (PPHA) is an organization dedicated to helping former NFL players, through providing testing and treatment options for those who suffer from sleep apnea. In addition, the PPHA is dedicated to integrating education and raising sleep apnea awareness, in a fun and memorable way. In addition to the campaign, the PPHA is dedicated to testing and getting people treated who suffer from sleep apnea. The PPHA was created by David Gergen, President of Gergen’s Orthodontic Lab and Former NFL legends.

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